Romania 2017


Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother. The imminent danger of state authorities separating them from their daughter determines Pardică to take action.

Directors Statement

Beyond the disturbing drama represented by the failure of some of us to obey by the rules of modern society, more specifically, in the case of Written/Unwritten, the lack of legal documents to prove parentage in the case of members of the same family, what mostly interested me in this project was the report between naming and necessity, as Saul Kripke would put it.
Reality is a fact and the human being has always felt the need to know it and to name it. Still, I find it disturbing that nowadays, when virtual reality is ever more present in our daily life, these names or encodings have become more important than the realities they define. Most of the times, modern people do nothing but hide behind numerous definitions, principles and procedures which set norms to their existence. As a consequence, we become unable to truly assume self-responsibility or responsibility towards the ones around us.
In Written/Unwritten I have tried to understand whether a name or an id can prove to be, at a certain point, more important than the human being he is trying to denominate.


Adrian Silișteanu was born in Bacău, Romania, in March 5th, 1975 and he graduated Cinematography in Bucharest. Studying also Digital Cinematography at National Audiovisual Institute in Paris, he worked for a short period as Digital Imaging Technician. Romanian Director Adrian Sitaru’s debut film “Hooked” was also Silișteanu’s first film as Director of Photography. He shot all of Sitaru's features, “Best Intentions” “Domestic”, “Illegitimate”, “Fixeur”, and his shorts “Waves”, “The Cage”, “Lord”, “House Party”, “Excursion” and “Art”. He worked with the well known Romanian theatre director Silviu Purcărete for his first motion picture “Somewhere in Palilula” and he was cinematographer for the 2 seasons of Romanian version of HBO TV series “In treatment”. He also filmed many other movies including the feature films “Ho-ho-ho” (r: Jesus del Cerro) and “The worthy” (r: Ali Mostafa) and the EFA awarded short “Superman, Spiderman or Batman” (r: Tudor Giurgiu).

2012 - THE DITCH

Cast & Crew

Directed by : Adrian Silisteanu

Written by : Claudia Silisteanu

Produced by : Anamaria Antoci, Adrian Silisteanu

Director of Photography : Adrian Silisteanu

Editor : Mircea Olteanu, Costi Zaharia

Production Design : Alexandra Alma Ungureanu

Costume Design : Alexandra Alma Ungureanu

Hair & Make up Artist : Dana Roseanu

Composer : Sergiu Popa

Sound Design : Ioan Filip

Main Cast : Sorin Mihai (Pardică), Elena Ursaru (Minodora), Alina Serban (Giuberina)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2017